The Story Behind The Paris Love Locks Tradition That Made Its Way To This Lakeside Trail In South Carolina
By AnneMarie|Published June 21, 2023
South Carolina has been home for AnneMarie since 2001. Her favorite part of the state is Lake Jocassee. An App State alumna, it's always the mountains; the lake bonus makes it heavenly. When not writing about the state, she may be spending time with family, relaxing by the pool, or out somewhere enjoying nature.
Once upon a time, there was a young woman whose lover died in battle during World War I. Obviously heartbroken and grief-stricken, she felt a need to show that her love for him would never fade. As she considered how in the world she could achieve this, she finally decided to affix a padlock to bridges in Hungary where the two lived. Sometimes they would meet at these locations for a romantic walk. And as the legend has it, people took notice and others who had lost loved ones followed suit. The trend soon spread and as it moved west, it made its way to Paris and then across the ocean all the way to a lakeside trail in South Carolina where these love locks at the Lake Murray dam are found!